Sundew — care at home
Sundew is a flower of the interesting that relates to insectivorous plants.
Despite the exotic nature of such plants in nature meets more than 500 species.
Almost all types of carnivorous plants live in bogs, where very little stock in the soil minerals.
That accounts for the poor plants to fill in the necessary nutrition from insects.
Tall sundew at home grows no more than 20 cm Leaves that depart from a basal rosette, just mysterious.
Their upper part is covered with small hairs, located very close to each other. At the tip of a small thread forms a brilliant, shimmering droplet, which attracts curious insects.
Really beautiful droplet is a sticky, viscous liquid, with which the victim adheres tightly to the plant-predator.
Hairs are very sensitive and the slightest stirring of insects, the leaves are starting to worry about moving the victim to digestive villi. The letter closes and starts the slow digestion of food.
Sundew — care at home
Location and lighting
The plant, though, and grows wild in the marshes, in the indoor cultivation of very fastidious. In order to find an approach to it, we need certain skills.
The optimal place for growing sundews have a greenhouse or Conservatory. It imposes a number of requirements for normal growth.
Sundew at home you need very good lighting and the sun, but the days with high solar activity should be pritenyat. Long sun exposure can cause drying and wilting of leaves.
Sundew relates to cold-resistant plants. Some species are just experiencing extreme cold. In summer, prefer temperatures up to 25 degrees Celsius. In the winter time for normal growth requires a temperature of 5-10 degrees.
Therefore, it is recommended to grow a sundew or in greenhouses, or to create her special conditions. At normal room temperature in winter, the flower just dies.
Watering sundews and humidity
Plant for the normal development requires a very high humidity, so it is advisable to grow a sundew in the so-called Floriana, which is a glass container with glass lid.
If the device, such device is not possible, the plant must be put on a tray of moss-sphagnum, which must be constantly maintained in the wet state.
In the summer, requires abundant watering in the winter it goes down. Crabgrass in the fall, in November-December is a period of rest.
At this time watering is practically terminated. To do this, plants need filtered or clean rain water. Spray the plant is not recommended.
An exotic plant is fed in nature by insects and practically does not use the fertilizer from the ground. The roots for this sundew ill-suited.
Therefore, you should feed the sundew live food twice a week. As food you can use flies, small worms, mosquito.
Large insects not recommended. One flies at a time for quite a sundew at home enough.
If the owner does not feed the plant live food, should buy a special fertilizer for hydroponics. It is necessary to know that the solution of fertilizer should be done 4 times weaker than indicated in the instructions.
Transplantation and propagation of sundew
Crabgrass is easily propagated by seeds, which you can collect from boxes. In the spring, during flowering, the flowers need to artificially pollinate, wiggle your them very gently with a brush or piece of cotton wool.
The germination of the seeds instantly grow well for up to 2 months, the seedling looks like the adult plant. You can propagate the plant by dividing the Bush and offspring.
Transplanting adult plants need once a year. Ordinary soil is not suited to this plant, because there are so many nutrients that it can not be undone and perish.
For exotic need a mixture of moss-sphagnum, sand and peat in the ratio 2:1:1. As containers are used in flat pots.
Pests sundew and fight with them
This unique plant is attacked by pests. They pass it round.
And if anyone tries to attack, will turn into food.
Keep in mind that roots with abundant watering is not sick with root rot.
In the case of the disease need urgent transplant plants and short-lived reduction in irrigation.